Children have a splashing good time

Last updated 05:00 06/02/2013

FUN PARK: A new splash pad, set up in a playground in Raumati, was installed as part of an upgrade of Marine Gardens.

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The Kapiti Coast's first splash pad has been welcomed by youngsters sizzling in particularly high temperatures.

The splash pad has been set up in a playground in Raumati.

The water feature was installed as part of an upgrade of Marine Gardens and is the first of its type to be installed in a public park in the Wellington region.

"It is very rewarding to see kids having so much fun," Kapiti Coast District Council's leisure and open spaces asset manager Lex Bartlett says.

Non-slip mats were installed on the floor to make it safer.

"We have ‘no running' signs up around the pad, but where there are jet sprays and water cannons, kids are going to run. The matting is an extra safety precaution, and does a great job of reducing the risk of falling," Mr Bartlett says.

The splash pad replaced an old duck-shaped padding pool and uses a lot less water, because it is recycled through a filtration system.

Other new features in the playground include a flying fox, an array of swings and climbing frames, a giant sandpit with interactive equipment, two slides, a seesaw and three spinners.

The $662,000 upgrade, including landscaping and picnic tables and chairs, was completed in October.

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter

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